Rosario is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Marlins in what amounts to a maintenance day, Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports. Rosario went 3-for-8 and was caught stealing once in the first two games out of the All-Star break. The 23-year-old has an .838 OPS in his last nine contests, but he'll head to the bench Sunday while Adeiny Hechavarria enters the lineup at shortstop in the series finale. Rosario's struggles on the defensive end this season fueled discussion of him eventually moving to center field, but manager Mickey Callaway said Sunday that a position change for Rosario wasn't imminent, per Matt Ehalt of Yahoo Sports.
Rosario went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, a second run scored and a stolen base in Tuesday's loss to the Phillies. The 23-year-old remains locked in at the plate, slashing .433/.438/.633 over the last nine games with a homer, four steals, four RBI and six runs. Rosario continues to hit near the bottom of the Mets' order, limiting his fantasy potential, but if he continues cranking out hits he could work his way into a more productive lineup spot.
Rosario could see some action in center field later in the season, Russell Dorsey of MLB.com reports. "He's still our starting shortstop. There's nothing imminent," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Sunday. "It's just something we're thinking about and maybe preparing for." While Callaway phrased the plan as the Mets wanting to have more lineup versatility, Rosario's defensive struggles at shortstop this season have certainly played a part in any thoughts of a position switch for the 23-year-old. The fact that the club is getting little offense from Juan Lagares or Carlos Gomez is also a factor. On the season, Rosario is slashing .257/.297/.417 with eight homers and nine steals in 75 games -- numbers which would have significantly less long-term fantasy appeal from an outfielder than a middle infielder.
Rosario is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Cubs, Tim Healey of Newsday reports. Rosario received the day off Sunday and has since found his groove at the plate, going 6-for-15 with two runs scored, two RBI and two doubles in four games. He nonetheless will head to the bench Friday while Adeiny Hechavarria enters the lineup at shortstop.
Rosario is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Tim Healey of Newsday reports. Rosario started the last 25 games at shortstop but struggled with a .208/.250/.426 slash line despite five home runs in that stretch. Adeiny Hechavarria will enter the starting lineup and bat sixth in Sunday's series finale.
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